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Published September 6th 2012
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More Exciting Free Things to do in Adelaide
There can never be enough free things to do, and school holidays brings its own challenges of how to keep kids happily occupied. Or even just yourself.
For simplicity I have split them all into categories.
Activities in parks and reserves Adelaide has a huge number of parks and reserves that are perfect for activities - with or without kids.
Warrawong wildlife park is free to visit, and you can spot a range of native animals wandering freely around. By comparison, take the family to Cleland wildlife park and it will set you back at least $50.
Head to Scott Creek Conservation Park and visit a silver mine or an early settler's cottage. Or simply get lost in the enormous park, the only sound being the wind in the trees, an occasional bird, and your kids yelling as they chase one another through the scrub.
If you enjoy bike riding, explore the trails in Shepherds Hill Reserve, take a ride along the River Torrens linear park as many other families do every weekend. If you get to West Beach you will find even more new paths to explore along the esplanade.
Or use a free loan bike to explore the city. There are great places to go around Adelaide Zoo, the Botanic Gardens, and East Terrace.
Just out of the city you can find the Army Museum at Keswick. It has loads of Army related things on offer, including weapons, books, and a vehicle restoration area. A coin donation may be required for entry.
If you are near Glenelg, call in at the Bay Discovery Centre to learn about the cultural history of Holdfast Bay (gold coin donation requested).
Many areas have their own local walks mapped out - for example Mitcham Council has a great series of free Heritage Walks or Trails in bushland settings. Check your own council website to see what is listed there - after all, you've already paid for these activities to be developed.
Mitcham Council Trails for Pedestrians, Cyclists & Horses
Visit a library, borrow a book, some music or a DVD. Some libraries even lend toys. too. Check your council website for school holiday activities. Research your family history - most libraries have a selection of resources for this.
And if you prefer to keep your books after reading them, a few dollars go a long way at a secondhand bookshop. And you are supporting charity too.
Sports and playgrounds
Dig out the footy, soccer, cricket, or basket ball and use the facilities in your local park for a game. There are often playgrounds for younger kids adjacent to most sports fields, sometimes with BBQ facilities as well.
Not quite a sport, but you can play giant chess for free in the city.
Kids love a day at the beach - even in winter they can find some fun, whether it be throwing a frisbee, playing cricket or volleyball, exercising the family dog, or having an ice cream. And there's less chance of sunburn when the weather is cooler.
Probably the best playground in SA is at St Kilda, with a great range of free things for active kids (or adults) to do. There is a nearby Tram Museum too, if the budget can be stretched.
Clarence Gardens Bowling Club Welcomes New Members
Remember too that many shopping centres offer attractions to lure you in during the school holidays. Elizabeth and Rundle Mall are just two of the centres with holiday activities. Of course Ikea isn't far behind, with a school holiday Treasure Hunt.
great info thank you
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